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Theme: Informal Economy

Municipal Administration Minister P Narayana assured street vendors that the government would provide loans to all the eligible by December 31 this year. He distributed loans to the street vendors at Kasturba Kalakshetram here on Saturday.  Addressing the meeting, the Minister said that they had identified 8,131 street vendors in the district and provided identity cards to 8,070 members till now.

By Mehrishi, Sumati.

The slum residents, with help from Pune's urban local body and the Pune chapter of SWaCH, a cooperative of waste pickers (started in 2008 in response to a need for a public private partnership for waste management in Pune) have brought a transformation.

By Lintzenic, Miranda.

Homeworkers are generally subcontracted and usually work from home, which accounts for 60 percent of garment production, according to WIEGO

With no jobs in the country, vendors say Hanoi and Saigon's sidewalk cleanup campaigns won't drive them away.Official government data from 2015 showed that migrants aged between 15 and 59 made up 17.3 percent of the country's population of 90 million. The majority of them work in the unofficial sector, which means they have no contracts or insurance, and pay no taxes. This sector is believed to make up 20 percent of the country's gross domestic product.

Egypt Egypt's street vendors face new restrictions. Al Monitor . (24 April 2018)
By Sameer , Hani.

The Egyptian parliament decided April 15 to prepare a law to unify the authority that issues permits for stores, street vendors and roadside open-air shops in Egypt.[...]The law aims to merge the unregulated sector with the formal economy under state supervision, according to April 14 press statements by Mohammad al-Dami, the secretary-general of the local administration committee in the Egyptian parliament.

By Baker, Jill.

In China, the waste is generally dealt with, even now, by garbage pickers, who sort through garbage dumps, often with no protective gear, gathering metals, paper, etc., for resale to municipal facilities.[...]Inclusion and empowerment of waste-pickers, who face many health risks, is key in China.

Thailand Sustainable Livelihoods Behind Street Vending in Thailand. Global Perspectives . (22 April 2018)
By Seneviratne, Kalinga.

When people talk about sustainable development there is rarely any mention of the many street vendors who make a living on streets in Thailand, as across the rest of Asia.

Street vendors in Maharashtra are being given hygiene lessons in a collaborative effort from Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration and the National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI).

United States of America Llega la legalización de la venta ambulante a Los Ángeles. Mundo Hispano . (20 April 2018)
By Ballesteros, Maite.

El Consejo de la ciudad de Los Ángeles aprobó elaborar una ordenanza que legalice la venta ambulante en las calles para que se regularicen sus permisos y haya más seguridad para los vendedores de las calles.

By Theune, Schmoo .

Almost 5% of the population of Sri Lanka work in the billion-dollar tea industry ... The cultivation and selling of black tea has shaped the lives of generations of Sri Lankans since 1867. Documentary photographer Schmoo Theune visited plantations in the country to explore the world of Ceylon tea production.